Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Elephants in Thongs

A man who talks in his sleep lives in England. Now, that doesn’t sound very remarkable because my husband also talks in his sleep but he’s said only one amusing thing over all the years of our marriage. The man who lives in England says incredibly funny things almost every night. His insomniac wife, Karen Slavick Lennard, started writing his comments down and posted them on a blog for her friends. Others read them and the phenomenon boomed. They’ve appeared on television news both in England and the USA and have a line of T-shirts with his comments on them.

Here are a few of them:
“Elephants in thongs is not something you’ll see every day. Enjoy it.”
“Vampire penguins? Zombie guinea pigs? We’re done for.”
“Badger tickling: proceed with caution.”
“Put it down. Step away from the yam.”

Don’t you wonder what this man is dreaming? Perhaps it’s better if we don’t know.

You can visit their blog for more of these sayings, but I’m not going to give you the link because when he’s asleep, the man uses. . .umm. . . words I don’t. You can find him on YouTube, an easy search.

What was the funny thing my husband said? Many years ago, he woke me up in the middle of the night and asked, “How are President Nixon and a chipmunk alike? They both have acorns in their cheeks.” He fell back to sleep immediately. I was awake all night.

But getting back to the subject: elephants in thongs, vampire penguins. Aren’t these great story ideas? What could a writer do with these ramblings?


Sandy Cody said...

Fun post. Between you with dreams and Lis with her dentist, this is a great blog for inspiration.

Zelda Benjamin said...

I'm to sure about the elephants in thongs, but vampire penguins might make an interesting story.

Amy DeTrempe said...

Those made me laugh. I talk in my sleep and I am glad nobody is quoting me. Who knows what I may be saying.

Elisabeth Rose said...

My husband wakes up laughing sometimes but doesn't talk in his sleep. He has the weirdest dreams eg
"Some kids were walking down the street calling out 'Grandma, Grandma' But they'd lost their cat and that was its name."

"Donna (sister-in-law's sister) turned up with her 12 kids and set up a tent on our front lawn. They'd come for a holiday."
That was more of a nightmare, actually.
He also had a really vivid sci fi dream which was a terriific storyline but it didn't have an ending becuase he woke up!

Jane Myers Perrine said...

Sandy and Amy, I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes! They made me laugh so I had to share. Zelda, I'm looking forwrd to the penguins book--do you think it will work at Avalon? Lis, I know you are creative enough to come up with an ending for that idea.

Thanks for commenting.

Joselyn Vaughn said...

Those are hilarious! My husband sometimes saying funny things and I try to talk to him, but he usually doesn't respond. Oh well.

Beate Boeker said...

Hilarious thought! I love that post!

My husband once explained a complicated computer problem to me in his sleep. He even answered to my questions. I made notes and told him all about my new-found knowledge the next morning. He couldn't believe how well-informed I was . . . But it doesn't always work!